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LA Times Editorial - Kucinich's Close Encounter

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Sun, 02 Dec 2007 11:10:17 -0500
Archived: Sun, 02 Dec 2007 11:10:17 -0500
Subject: LA Times Editorial - Kucinich's Close Encounter

Source: The Los Angeles Times - California, USA


December 1, 2007


Kucinich's Close Encounter

The presidential candidate's televised acknowledgment of seeing
a UFO has put the issue back on the radar.

Although it's unlikely that voters will ever have anything
resembling a close encounter with Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich
(D- Ohio), the two-time presidential hopeless has helped revive
an issue that means more to many Americans than any election:
suppression of UFO evidence by the men in black.

You may recall that during a recent MSNBC Democratic
presidential candidates' debate, moderator Tim Russert drew out
Kucinich on the revelation (by Oscar-winning paranormal
investigator Shirley MacLaine) that he had once spotted a
"triangular craft, silent and hovering." Kucinich's reply, which
was intriguing in its own right, came at a conjunction of -
 well, maybe not of UFO activity, but certainly of UFO
aficionado activity.

This fall saw the first anniversary of the multiple-witness
saucer incident over the United Airlines terminal at Chicago's
O'Hare International Airport, which is already shaping up as
this decade's great sighting. In late October, a federal judge
ordered NASA to search its records for information on one of two
fabled UFO sightings from 1965.

And last month, the New York-based Coalition for Freedom of
Information held a conference at which more than a score of
pilots from around the world gathered to share their experiences
with unidentified flying objects. Moderator Fife Symington (the
controversial former governor of Arizona) summed up the
conference by calling for the government to stop perpetuating
"the myth that ALL UFOs can be explained away in down-to-earth,
conventional terms" and reopen its official Blue Book
investigation, which has been closed since 1969.

Are we on the verge of an alien breakthrough? Is this new
critical mass of respectable UFO hawks about to rout the army of
dissembling federal agents, driving around in their 1964 Chevy
Malibus with their shades and fixed smiles?

Probably not. There have been high-profile flying saucer
enthusiasts in the past, including astronauts Buzz Aldrin, who
spotted a mysterious something during Apollo 11's return trip,
and the late Gordon Cooper, who once informed the United
Nations, "I believe that... extraterrestrial vehicles and their
crews are visiting this planet from other planets, which are a
little more technically advanced than we are on Earth."

Kucinich mentioned in his own defense that President Carter was
a UFO witness, and he might have mentioned that Ronald Reagan
was as well. Then again, if you think presidents really run the
country, well, that's what "they" want you to think.

If anything keeps the cult of the UFO alive, it's not the
respectability of the witnesses but the clumsy, protesting-too-
 much denials of government agencies. The Federal Aviation
Administration got caught in a fib about last year's O'Hare
incident after the Chicago Tribune filed a Freedom of
Information Act request. And it's somewhat perverse to call for
reopening a federal UFO investigation given how universally
hated the knee-jerk-skeptical Project Blue Book turned out to

John Podesta, the Clinton White House chief of staff who has
never disguised his interest in flying saucers, makes the case
that the government should declassify its UFO-related materials
"and let people have at it," a demand that is as reasonable as
it is unlikely to happen, given how easily this topic can be
rerouted into japery.

In his debate reply, Kucinich made a point dear to respectable
UFO investigators: "It was an unidentified flying object, OK?"
he said. "It's like... it was unidentified. I saw something."
There's a difference between saying objects in the sky are
sometimes not familiar and claiming to have been probed by
taciturn "grays," and people such as Coalition for Freedom of
Information co-founder Leslie Kean express understandable
frustration that UFO ridicule purposely blurs that distinction.

But with Kucinich as a central advocate, ridicule may be
unavoidable. In the debate, Kucinich made a self-deprecating
joke about moving his campaign headquarters to "Roswell, New
Mexico, and another one in Exeter, New Hampshire." Roswell
everybody knows about, but with the easy reference to the 1965
Exeter incident, Kucinich leaves the impression that he's not
just a UFO witness, he's a buff.

Let him go on, and we suspect Kucinich will soon be expanding on
the Kecksburg sightings, the Val Johnson incident, Lonnie
Zamora, the 'Kaikoura lights' and countless other visitations
from the sky that continue to sustain our nation's sense of

[Thanks to 'The Norm' for the lead]

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